FASHION’S OPTICAL ILLUSION

The shapes, cuts and geometry that can be found in the sartorial toolbox can aid you in bringing out the best in your figure. Strategic styling choices can help you enhance your silhouette and master the donning of a head turning outfit. Here are our tips:

Get Vertical – And by this we don’t just mean vertical stripes. Sure, it’s not a secret that the vertical striped dress or a pair of striped trousers will create an illusion of a longer, slimmer silhouette. But don’t forget other vertical options such as button-front style maxi skirts, long scarves, floor-grazing coats and tailored trousers.

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Chromatic Look – Nothing makes you taller and slender than one block colour. It works as an interpreted line creating an illusion of a taller-appearing figure. This works best with darker shades like black, titanium, blueberry or dark brown. Another option is to create an outfit by choosing different shades of the same colour palette. It can be a combination of pieces in, for example, kelly green, emerald and forest green. Very chic and flattering!

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Cut-outs – These are the ultimate figure transformers. The right colour-blocking designs can completely change your body shape. For instance, darker panels on the sides can create an illusion of a narrow waist. The trick is to find the one that works for you.

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The Right Fabrics – Materials that don’t add volume include denim, cotton, silk, jersey and cashmere. Fabrics that may not flatter your figure are leather, boucle and, sadly, the ever-trending velvet.

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Exposing the Neckline – The V neck will visually stretch you out, creating an illusion of a longer, slimmer upper body. Another great option is to go for a boat neck – the on-trend bardot top can easily widen your shoulders, which helps if you need to balance the hips.

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The Right Footwear – This is essential. Obviously, stilettos with a pointed toe give the appearance of a slimmer, longer leg, rather than chunky heels that may have a bulky effect. Having said this, platforms help those who’d like to add a few inches to their height. Another easy way to flatter your figure is by choosing nude heels. Not only do they lengthen your legs, but these beauties also look great with right about anything, so no styling required.

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